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Thursday, June 23, 2011

As part of the Brazil Water System Improvements Project, a booster station was recently installed on the west side of State Road 59, about one-tenth mile south of County Road 750 North, which will help provide better flow to customers. [Order this photo]
* Engineer gives update on water project

Things are starting to come together on the Brazil Water System Improvements Project.

Following a recent update meeting with contractors, Hannum, Wagle and Cline Project Engineer Matthew Pierce spoke with The Brazil Times about progress made in the last month.

Hannum, Wagle and Cline Project Engineer Matthew Pierce
Pierce said very little has happened at Craig Park on the 750,000-gallon water tower since the concrete crew from Caldwell Tanks, Louisville, Ky., finished its portion of the project at the end of April.

"There has been some piping completed inside the pedestal, but construction of the steel tank has not started yet," he said. "It may just be a case of the steel crew getting stuck on a separate project they are working on for longer than they expected."

However, even with the delay, Pierce said progress is still on schedule for the tower to be completed in late October or early November.

"The latest update we have from Caldwell anticipates crews to start working on the tank on June 28 or 29," he said. "It still puts them on schedule, but they had been ahead of schedule, which is something we hoped would continue."

Part of the reason hopes were high the Craig Park tower would finish ahead of schedule was so it could be up and running with enough time to demolish the current tower on Vandalia Street before winter kicked in.

"We have the cost of demolishing the old tower built into the loan from the State Revolving Fund (SRF)," Pierce told The Brazil Times. "SRF wants us to have all the money used by the end of the year, but we can request an extension if needed."

Progress on the 250,000-gallon tower being constructed by Phoenix Fabricators and Erectors, Avon, Ind., is coming along quickly.

"Right now, the steel crew from Phoenix is in the process of hanging the tank, with the roof knuckles to be completed in the next week or two," Pierce said. "The only hindrance they have had the past month is the electrical storms coming through. With the crew working with steel, the foreman felt it was best in those situations to call everyone off the site to maintain their safety."

Pierce added the condition of Frontage Road being used by Phoenix was mentioned as needing work as well.

"The steel crew foreman agreed part of the road is deteriorating, and said he would speak with the corporate office about getting it fixed once the tower is completed and the big trucks are done coming onto the site," he said.

Electrical components of the project are also progressing as Pierce said the new well is just about online, with final control work on the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system needing to be completed.

"The startup of the generator went OK and we are also working on the final punchlist to finalize work on the well," Pierce said, adding the booster station was also recently installed on the west side of State Road 59, about one-tenth mile south of County Road 750 North. "For the booster station, we are still waiting on Duke Energy to come in and connect the power at this point. All the SCADA components have been delivered to the well site and more will come in as we draw closer to completing other divisions of the project."

HWC Inspector Bill Nation said he has a running list of complaints, most of which have regarded the restoration of yards following the installation of new water lines.

Pierce told The Brazil Times damages may be assessed to the contractor or subcontractor if all the restoration work is not done by the schedule's deadline, which he believed is July 19.

In addition, he said confirmation has been received stating hydrants on 4-inch water lines may not be replaced and city workers are allowed to install meters according to their work schedule.

"Pretty much, everything is going well and according to schedule," Pierce said. "Hopefully we will be able to put a wrap on everything by the end of the year."

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-- Posted by ram0314 on Thu, Jun 23, 2011, at 7:53 PM

I agree with ram0314 I also live on central ave and had my lawn worked on twice and it still not the way it was before We were assured it would be put back the same way and was not

-- Posted by 2amigos on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 4:12 PM

How about both of you get over it. We are getting a new water system and your lawn will grow back. Most citizens really could care less about your lawn, we are just happy that we are getting a new water tower. I am actually glad that your lawn is the least of their concern.

Your Lawn (that will grow back) < New Water System.


-- Posted by Unsolicitedtidbits on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 7:40 PM

hopefully we will be able to drink the water? thanks

-- Posted by 2amigos on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 8:16 PM

There is always that 5% of malcontents in any organization. It is too bad they controled the last election. They always wanto take but never give.

-- Posted by grays on Sat, Jun 25, 2011, at 10:01 AM

I am pretty sure new water lines and better road surfaces in town would make my life a whole lot better than a new water tower, and I don't ever care about my own yard, but when the city does work on your property, they should be responsible to do the work correctly and completely.

-- Posted by almostfootballfree on Sun, Jun 26, 2011, at 9:42 PM

the city of brazil should be responsible enough to address these issues of your yards. anytime local government disturbs your property for the benefit of the community; they should be more than willing to promptly respond to your requests. the city of brazil for many years now has taken my land and many others for public use; without just compensation. (i.e. using private property as an above ground drainage source for the city of brazil) and the sad part about it is; they have knowingly and intentionally done this.

as long as it is not their homes and properties being damaged; nothing gets done.

this election in november; get out and vote! we need to change what's been going on in our city. i know myself that it is not the city of brazil that matters; it is every individual resident of this city that matter the most.

feel free to contact me at anytime if you wish to discuss this in person. mark a. bedwell 304 s. franklin st., brazil, 812-691-6176

-- Posted by madmarkbedwell on Mon, Jun 27, 2011, at 10:46 AM

Be at ease, citizens. The water you drink is beneath hazardous levels.



-- Posted by Strider on Sun, Jul 3, 2011, at 12:03 AM

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